The Best of 2019 Lawrenceville Township

The Best of 2019 Lawrenceville Township

Cherry Grove Farm Receives 2019 Best of Lawrence Township Award

Lawrence Township Award Program Honors the Achievement

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP December 16, 2019 — Cherry Grove Farm has been selected for the 2019 Best of Lawrence Township Award in the Farms category by the Lawrence Township Award Program.

Each year, the Lawrence Township Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Lawrence Township area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Lawrence Township Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Lawrence Township Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Lawrence Township Award Program

The Lawrence Township Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Lawrence Township area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Lawrence Township Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Lawrence Township Award Program

Save The Date For Our Annual Cow Parade!

Saturday, November 2nd from 1pm to 7pm

Celebrate the end of the grazing season with our annual Cow Parade! Music, local vendors, food trucks, and the beer tent with a portion of the proceeds to benefit The Watershed Institute. A day packed with fun, face painting, farm tours, hayrides, and more! Stay tuned for details as they are confirmed.

Jammin’ Crepes and Nomad Pizza will be the food trucks on hand!

Don’t miss the Cow Parade and evening bonfire celebrating local farms, environmental stewardship, and our local food community.

Resilient Agriculture

This winter we got a call form the Education Group at Stone Barns about participating in a video that would be used for their Food Ed Curriculum. If you know Stone Barns, you know they are a leader in the promotion of
sustainable agriculture, local food, and community-supported agriculture. It was a real pleasure to be a part of the story.

Paul Lawler, our head cheesemaker, and Anna Reinalda, our new dairy manager do a great job of explaining what we do and why it is important.

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Cherry Grove Farm Honored As  Good Food Awards WINNER!



 
 
        Cherry Grove Farm is thrilled to announce that their marquee farmstead cheese, Havilah, has been honored as a 2020 Good Foods Awards WINNER! The Good Food Awards are second to none in the industry for not only recognizing taste, but also the sustainability and stewardship of their winners.

        We are a dairy farm and creamery situated on 480 acres in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, making farmstead cheeses from our grass-fed raw cows’ milk. Our cheeses are made in small batches and aged on the farm, with attention paid to the craft of cheesemaking from seasonal milk. Each piece reflects the distinct flavors, aromas and seasonal variations of our land. We practice rotational grazing on organically certified pastures, and harvest our own hay in the summer, feeding our cows during the winter months. Farm milk is crafted into a variety of cheeses striving to harness the best flavor possible from our pastures.
 
 
        Cherry Grove Farm is thankful to the Good Food Awards for recognizing the hard work of our holistic grass-based farming and the skillful craftsmanship that goes into making Havilah.  We see this award as an honored recognition of our team, our land, our cows, and the exceptional cheese we can yield from a sustainable collaboration. 

        Havilah is a hard-aged, raw milk cheese with some characteristics of the mountain cheeses of the Alps. In the same breath it is also entirely our own after 10 years of honing the recipe to our aging environments, pastures, and of course our taste! This is a cheese of immense flavors, with a diverse range of notes from citrus fruits and nuts, all the way to the heady tastes of caramel and a Sunday roast with all the fixins’.  Havilah is aged 9-15 months and only made in the Spring and Summer from prime pastures. Havilah can be found at select cheese counters throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, a variety of NJ and Philly farmers’ markets we attend, and at our farm store.

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS:
 

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Rising to the cream of the crop from 1835 entries, finalists represent 307 among 43 states, and have passed vetting for category-specific sustainability standards. Winners represent even fewer, with just a few from each region. Now in its 10th year, awards are given to winners in 16 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

https://goodfoodfdn.org/awards/


Notes From The Vat, Holiday Edition

Happy Holiday Season Quesophiles!

‘Tis the season of giving and for cheese, and for that reason we have a gift for you!

From now through January 1st, you can get our Havilah, a Good Food awards finalist, at a holiday gift price, because it is the season to celebrate with cheese! We want you to enjoy our flagship cheese, made in summer when the cows are grazing fresh, green grasses, on all your holiday cheese boards.

Melt Havilah into your turkey day mashed potatoes, wrap a wedge and stuff it in the stocking of the curd nerd in your life, grate it up and mix it into your Hanukkah latkes, or bring it to your holiday celebrations this season. Havilah pairs well with ports, passitos, and iceweins, with malty beers, and bourbon or whisky in those dark days of winter by a cozy fire.

What is in the store and at markets?

Toma
The new batch of our Toma is dense and rich, with a flavorful rustic rind. These wheels have layers of flavors, with notes of creme fraiche, fresh yogurt, sweet vanilla, and undertones of toasted almond, grass, and mild earthy hints, bordering on mushroomy. With a little more acidity, this batch is a unique departure from a more traditional Toma flavor profile that will work well for both cooking and serving in cheese plates. RAW milk. On sale from now to January first.

Rarebird
Our raw milk Rarebird wheels are fudgy-creamy in texture, with a sweet custardy aroma and flavor. Always deliciously palate-coating, we taste hints of fresh bread and sweet cream with some of the same sweet fall fruit notes of the last batch, and notes of anise and brown butter to boot! Rarebird is always a great addition to a cheeseboard. RAW milk.

Buttercup Brie
Just in time for the holidays, this American Cheese Society Blue Ribbon winner is back. And what is a holiday cheeseboard without brie? Rich and silky with earthy mushroom and butter flavors. Pairs well with caramelized nuts and dried fruits. PASTEURIZED milk.

Havilah
We have a range of summer and fall batches from 2018, ranging from 14 to 16 months aged.

And did you hear our news?  Havilah and our Havilah Reserve are finalists in the Good Food awards! The Good Food Awards not only judge taste, but take into account sustainability so this is an honor for our farm, especially since we were competing against some much bigger operations!

These wheels are dense and velvety, and the layers of flavors keep coming once you take a bite. You will experience notes of braised carrots and asparagus, caramelized onion, slow cooked pork, and earthy mushrooms. There are tiny hints of garlic & onion, as well as a herbaceous undertone. These batches also boast a wonderful level of crystallization, so they really pop. RAW milk. On sale from now to January first.

What is in the store only?

You can still find our Lawrenceville Jack and ACS Blue Ribbon winning Jack Reserve in our cases. Also on hand is some Herdsman and Harvest Tomme, some superbly ripe Trilby and a limited amount of Abruzze Jawn.

Planning for your holidays? Look for one final batch of Abruzze  Jawn and Trilby in mid-December.

We are also selling beautiful oil-finished walnut cheese boards handmade from reclaimed wood about 50 minutes from our farm.

Ask our store and cheesemaking staff for suggestions for your holiday cheeses and pairings!

Farm Tours in October

Our next public farm tour will be on October 12th at 3pm and 6pm. Adults are $10 each and children under 12 are free. Any card carrying member of a local library can tour for free in October!

Come walk the farm and learn about sustainable agriculture and local watershed issues… while listening to birds and the sounds of tall grass whooshing underfoot.

We may encounter mud, insects, pollen and other acts of nature. Dress appropriately with boots, long pants and longer sleeves. Bring your camera!

 

Tickets can be bought in advance online. Card carrying library people can drop in for the fun.

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Evening Murmurations

Late summer murmurations

When the grasses and native forage starts to go to seed and the pastures are tall, large numbers of starlings and sparrows gather in the trees and feed on the tiny seeds. In late afternoon we get swooping, twisting murmurations near the tree lines. Our farm feeds many local critters beyond the two-legged ones who shop at our farm store.


1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens
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